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Google Launches its own IM

posted by Duncan at 9:44 am on August 24th, 2005

Google have released their own IM service Google Talk. If you have a PC, you can download your own google client otherwise you can use the service via other IM clients. I have it running with iChat although I don’t know anyone else who has it running yet so don’t really know how good it is. I’ll hopefully have checked it out by the end of today.

Installing RMagick on OS X (Tiger)

posted by Duncan at 10:21 pm on August 19th, 2005

I have finally managed to get RMagick installed and working correctly on my Powerbook. This post is just a little heads up for people who are having trouble and had not realized that the RMagick tarball has a README file explaining the procedure in detail. This is were I should have gone in the first place, duh!

IE7 is not fixing things … again!

posted by Duncan at 10:13 am on August 3rd, 2005

The IE blog has just in the last couple of days posted information titled ‘Standards and CSS in IE‘. Before actually reading it, the title got me excited. There was a word here you don’t often hear associated with IE, Standards. Even as I read through the article things looked good,

In IE7, we will fix as many of the worst bugs that web developers hit as we can

The thing is, as you get to the bottom you begin to realise that ‘bug fixing’ is not addressing the things that me as a web developer want them to fix ‘STANDARDS SUPPORT‘. They seem to be once again saying ‘we think the standards are wrong and we’re gonna do it our way‘. This is not helping! How are we ever going to be able to build websites that we know will just work because they comply to standards when the major player in the web market decides themselves whether a standard is good or bad, important or not important. Now I imagine the backward compatibility and making sure the corporate community is happy has a lot to do with these decisions so I don’t expect them to change soon.

I don’t know what to think about the new IE at the moment. I know one thing though from my point of view; I don’t really care if you have tabbed browsing and support for RSS feeds in your new browser, if it can’t render a regular page correctly I won’t be using it.

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